These days, more and more people are using LED lighting as traditional incandescent lightbulbs produce harsh light that strains the eyes. Plus, incandescent bulbs are significantly less energy efficient.
Let’s face it – energy bills are always on the rise, so this article will go over ten ways that LED lighting can reduce costs and increase your savings. Plus, we’ll look at some of the other benefits LED lights offer, as explained by an LED Lighting Expert.
1. LED Lights Have a Longer Lifespan
Traditional incandescent lightbulbs only last about 750 hours, which is nothing compared to LED lights which can last up to 50,000 hours. So, when you switch to LED lights, you’ll be saving a ton of money immediately because you won’t need to replace your lightbulbs for years to come. If you were to leave your LED lights on for 24 hours a day, it would be almost six years before you need to replace them. On the other hand, if you were to leave your incandescent bulbs on for 24 hours a day, they would burn out within a month.
2. LED Lights Are Physically Small
LED lights are much smaller than traditional lightbulbs, which means they can be installed in places where traditional incandescent bulbs simply won’t fit. Because LED lights are smaller, they also naturally create less heat, which means it won’t burn if you touch them. Many LED lights come in strips that can be installed outdoors, and exterior LED lighting is a great way to improve the ambiance and create an atmosphere in your backyard. Thanks to their small, portable form factor, you can install LED lighting just about anywhere.
3. LEDs Generate Directional Emissions
Traditional lightbulbs produce light from all sides, but this isn’t very efficient as much of the light isn’t needed. On the other hand, LED lightbulbs can generate directional emissions, which means that the angular spread of light emitted is narrowed down in LED, making it more efficient. LED lighting can also be directed at various angles, including perpendicular angles, which traditional lightbulbs can’t achieve. This means that LED lights can be used in many different applications where incandescent bulbs aren’t suitable, such as short-throw light projectors and other scientific photonic applications.
4. LED Lights Are Extra Durable
Traditional lightbulbs are made of glass which means that they break easily. LED lighting, on the contrary, is incredibly durable. As mentioned, LED lights are available in strips and other small form factors, which means that it is very difficult to break an LED light, even if your try to. Because they are much more durable than traditional lightbulbs, LED lights are also portable and can be stored anywhere without worrying about the bulbs breaking, which makes them infinitely more practical than other lights, especially when you need to travel with them.
5. LED Lights Are Energy Efficient
LED lights are the most energy-efficient form of artificial lighting. LED lights are, on average, between 75 percent-80 percent more energy-efficient than regular incandescent lightbulbs. That’s a considerable percentage and can translate to massive savings on your monthly energy bill. Take a minute to think about how often you turn on the lights in your home; it’s probably all the time, which means that you can be saving money around the clock by switching to LED lights.
Despite their energy efficiency, LED lights still provide as much light as traditional bulbs, so even though you’ll be saving a lot of money, you won’t be sacrificing anything in terms of the brightness in your home.
LED lights can save you a ton of money each month as a consumer. Still, commercial LED lighting and industrial LED lighting can significantly impact the profit of companies that operate 24/7. So, if you own or operate a factory, warehouse, office, or other company that requires constant lighting, be sure to speak with an LED lighting expert to learn how you can save a small fortune on your commercial energy bill each month.
6. LED Lights Can Be Dimmed
What makes LED lighting, even more, energy efficient is the fact that LED lights can be dimmed. While it’s true that some traditional incandescent lightbulbs can also be dimmed, these are special bulbs and require special light switches and appliances for you to gain that functionality. Almost all LED bulbs can be dimmed, and many can be dimmed using an app on your phone or by issuing simple voice commands to an A.I. voice assistant, such as Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri, or Google Assistant. Plus, LED bulbs at full brightness draw less power than dimmed incandescent bulbs.
7. LED Lights Are Safer
LED bulbs create significantly less heat, making them safer to own and operate. Traditional lightbulbs can explode when they overheat, but LED lights don’t overheat, so you’ll never need to worry about this problem. Plus, you can handle LED lights without being burned, making them safer if you have children who might touch the lights. Since they aren’t made with the same glass casing, you don’t have to worry about accidentally breaking an LED bulb and then cutting yourself on the broken glass, which most people have experienced at least once with traditional lightbulbs.
8. LED Lights Have Great Color Rendering Index (CRI)
Color Rendering Index (CRI) is a quantitative measure of how well a light source can show the actual colors of an object compared to the natural light source. In other words, when you turn on a light, the color of the light affects the color of the object on which it falls. LED bulbs have a higher CRI, which means that when you turn on an LED light, you’ll see surrounding things as they are, without their colors being distorted by the light source.
9. LED Lights Have No Warm-Up Period
Traditional incandescent light bulbs have a warm-up period. Although modern lightbulbs generally warm up quicker than you can see with your eye, they still draw an increased amount of power during this brief period when the lights are first turned on. Considering that most people turn their lights on and off dozens of times each day, this warm-up period can amount to a significant extra charge on your monthly energy bill. LED lights, by comparison, don’t have any such warm-up period, and they are consistently energy efficient at all times, including when first turned on.
10. LED Lights Are Compatible with Low Voltages
Most incandescent bulbs require a certain voltage to operate, without which they simply won’t light up. However, LED lights are compatible with low-voltage appliances, so you won’t need to draw huge amounts of power from your lamps to power an LED lightbulb. LED lights require such low voltage that they can be powered for long periods with solar panels, even on cloudy days.
It’s safe to say that everybody wants to save money on their energy bill, and LED lighting is a great way to do that. By replacing your traditional incandescent lightbulbs with energy-efficient LED lighting, you can reduce costs and increase your savings.
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